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Character Essay

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2 Timothy 1:1-7:
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer[a] must be above reproach, the husband of one wife,[b] sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by ...view middle of the document...

(They're not Christian, and my relationship with is a whole separate story.) It was terrifying, but that was a small but tangible step of faith.
I'm leading more this year, both position-wise and influence-wise. As we said last night at LG, we must be aware all the time because we're influencing people all the time, whether we know it or not. For most of my life, my mindset was to perform well on the outside because that's what people notice. But that's not sustainable.
Here's are two analogies I thought of last night. One: Performance is like fruit, and character is like roots. You can get fruit from other places for a limited time, but without the roots, it's fleeting. Roots allow you to produce fruit in the long-term, even if there are no fruits in the short term.
Two: It's easy to be a bad witness. Non-Christians scrutinize us all the time. We can be performing well for a while, but the moment we mess up, they might not trust us, and in turn, God, anymore. If you only have performance and no good character, it's...

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